Age of Jefferson

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Born in an age ruled by monarchs, Thomas Jefferson thought that power ought to belong to those who possessed “virtue and talent” rather than to aristocrats who had inherited it. He rejected the power of kings in favor of ordinary people, believing that all men are created equal and possess inherent natural rights. Jefferson became a powerful spokesman for a revolutionary generation of Americans who created a new nation based on these radical ideas. Thomas Jefferson remains today a pivotal figure in American history whose influence continues to be felt nearly two centuries after his death, both in the United States and around the world.  This course will offer an introduction to Jefferson’s thought, focusing on several key ideas and themes that engaged Jefferson throughout his public career and private life.  We will address the three achievements that Jefferson asked to be listed on his tombstone by discussing his roles in writing th... Born in an age ruled by monarchs, Thomas Jefferson thought that power ought to belong to those who possessed “virtue and talent” rather than to aristocrats who had inherited it. He rejected the power of kings in favor of ordinary people, believing that all men are created equal and possess inherent natural rights. Jefferson became a powerful spokesman for a revolutionary generation of Americans who created a new nation based on these radical ideas. Thomas Jefferson remains today a pivotal figure in American history whose influence continues to be felt nearly two centuries after his death, both in the United States and around the world.  This course will offer an introduction to Jefferson’s thought, focusing on several key ideas and themes that engaged Jefferson throughout his public career and private life.  We will address the three achievements that Jefferson asked to be listed on his tombstone by discussing his roles in writing the Declaration of Independence, in advocating religious freedom, and in advancing the cause of education by founding the University of Virginia.  We will also seek to understand what Jefferson meant when he proclaimed that “the earth belongs to the living.”  And, crucially, we will explore Jefferson’s lifelong relationship with the institution of slavery. To understand Jefferson’s ideas and why they continue to be relevant today, our approach in each lecture will be to situate Jefferson in the context of his own time and place.  Jefferson lived for many years in different places—Philadelphia, New York, Paris, and Washington D.C., to name but a few—but there is little doubt that he considered his home, Monticello, and the nearby town of Charlottesville, in central Virginia, to be the center of his world.  In this course, produced by the University of Virginia in close partnership with the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, we will explore how Jefferson’s identification with Monticello and the surrounding area influenced him as he formulated ideas that have made a global impact.  After completing the course it should be clear not only why Jefferson's legacy is essential to understanding American history, but also why UNESCO has designated Jefferson’s Monticello and the University of Virginia as a World Heritage Site.
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10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 2 months ago
Dr. Onuf is a marvelous instructor, a thoughtful, intelligent, humorous man comfortable in his work and conclusions about Jefferson after a long and highly respected career. The provider takes students on a variety of very interesting tours. The content of the course is complete and never fails to be fascinating. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. I have done the course twice.,
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6 years, 8 months ago
Surely there is no better venue for a course about Thomas Jefferson than the campus of the University of Virginia, which he founded late in his life. This compact class consists of seven units that each include lecture segments totaling about an hour, readings, and a tour of places and institutions central to Jefferson’s life or its study today. These tours are no mere travelogue – Jefferson’s life and philosophy are so intimately associated with his Monticello estate and the “academical village” he designed for U.Va. that to experience them, in well-produced videos with insightful commentary, connects you to the man even as reading his letters and other writings connects you to his mind. Professor Onuf is a wonderful teacher. His lectures are absorbing and well- delivered, often passionately so. The most compelling feature of this course is his focus on Jefferson’s ideas rather than dates and events. Prof. Onuf covers Jeffer... Surely there is no better venue for a course about Thomas Jefferson than the campus of the University of Virginia, which he founded late in his life. This compact class consists of seven units that each include lecture segments totaling about an hour, readings, and a tour of places and institutions central to Jefferson’s life or its study today. These tours are no mere travelogue – Jefferson’s life and philosophy are so intimately associated with his Monticello estate and the “academical village” he designed for U.Va. that to experience them, in well-produced videos with insightful commentary, connects you to the man even as reading his letters and other writings connects you to his mind. Professor Onuf is a wonderful teacher. His lectures are absorbing and well- delivered, often passionately so. The most compelling feature of this course is his focus on Jefferson’s ideas rather than dates and events. Prof. Onuf covers Jefferson’s vision of America’s revolutionary promise and later Americans’ evolving views of Jefferson; the political philosophy that informed Jefferson’s draft of the Declaration of Independence; his heterodox views on education (primary purpose: to sustain the American experiment) and religion (deeply suspicious of organized “priestcraft”); and Prof. Onuf does not shy away from Jefferson’s provocative views on race and slavery. The readings, usually Jefferson’s own words in letters and public documents, nicely complement the lectures; they are short and very well chosen. Students who take this class will acquire, in a short time, an understanding of Jefferson – the man and the mind – that has real staying power. Everyday encounters with politics, education and even architecture will have you contemplating Prof. Onuf’s rhetorical question: “Is it Jeffersonian?” This brief, enjoyable immersion into the essential Jefferson packs an outsize pedagogical punch.
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7 years, 6 months ago
Interesting course about one of the main (and most controversial) figures in US History. Jefferson was a colorful character and his ideas certainly deserve careful study nowadays. The lecturer, Professor Onuf, is an extraordinary communicator. He presents you with all sides and interpretations of Jeffersonian thought, and he certainly does not whitewash his most controversial ideas (even those that were outright racist). He teaches the good and the bad. And all of this takes place at the university that Jefferson himself founded - awesome! It is a short and "light" course, but if you're interested to know how modern democracy began being shaped by the American Revolution, this is one piece of the puzzle you should not miss.
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